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    Strike may resume on Tuesday as Labour rejects N62,000 or N100,000 “starvation wage” as the minimum wage

    The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says it has never contemplated N100,000 as the minimum wage for workers in the country let alone the ₦62,000 offered by the government.

    In a chat with Channels TV on Monday, June 10, the Assistant General Secretary of NLC, Cheis Onyeka, said the Laobur unions will not be considering any ‘’starvation wage’

    “We have never considered accepting N62,000 or any other wage that we know is below what we know is able to take Nigerian workers home. We will not negotiate a starvation wage.

    We have never contemplated N100,000 let alone of N62,000. We are still at N250,000, that is where we are, and that is what we considered enough concession to the government and the other social partners in this particular situation. We are not just driven by frivolities but the realities of the market place; realities of things we buy every day: bag of rice, yam, garri, and all of that.”

    Onyeka said the one-week grace period given to the Federal Government last Tuesday, June 4, 2024, would expire by the midnight of Tuesday, June 11, 2024. He said should the Federal Government and National Assembly fail to act on the demands of workers by tomorrow, Tuesday, June 11, the organs of the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) would meet to decide on the resumption of the nationwide industrial action relaxed last week.

    “The Federal Government and the National Assembly have the call now. It is not our call. Our demand is there for them (the government) to look at and send an Executive Bill to the National Assembly, and for the National Assembly to look at what we have demanded, the various fact of the law, and then come up with a National Minimum Act that meets our demands.

    If that does not meet our demand, we have given the Federal Government a one-week notice to look at the issues and that one week expires tomorrow (Tuesday). If after tomorrow, we have not seen any tangible response from the government, the organs of the Organised Labour will meet to decide on what next.”

    When asked what the decision of Labour would be should the government insists on ₦62,000, he said

    “It was clear what we said. We said we are relaxing a nationwide indefinite strike. It’s like putting a pause on it. So, if you put a pause on something and that organs that govern us as trade unions decide that we should remove that pause, it means that we go back to what was in existence before.”

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